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European white water lily

Nymphaea alba


Nymphaea alba is a perennial. The leaves can be up to 30 cm in diameter and take up a spread of 150 cm per plant. The flowers are white and they have many small stamens inside. It flowers from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by flies and beetles. The plant is self-fertile.


Marshes, ponds, slow moving streams, lakes and canals up to 1,2 meter deep.


Spotted in a small pond called Pluizenmeer at Renderklippen, Veluwe, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Heerde, Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Sep 7, 2021
Submitted on Sep 11, 2021

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